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this is "world news." tonight, army of spies. the chinese army penetrates and controls america's electric power grid. what about the american water supply? 1,000 spies at work tonight. what does the u.s. do next? brian ross is here. his story. olympic athlete oscar pistorius in court today. tonight, what he says about why he shot his girlfriend. made in america? could the next pope be from boston? meet the cardinal rising to the top of the list. and, the secret of success. how to turn your family into a dynamic, happy team, making sure everyone wins.
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good evening. a new report tonight lifts the veil on a kind of invisible war. china, unleashing its full spy power on american power grids and the wealth of american manufacturing. a new report even locates this building in shanghai. it doesn't look threatening, but what are they doing inside? and what does it mean for americ america's national security? here's abc's brian ross. >> reporter: the chinese people's liberation army is the biggest military force in the world, with more than 2 million soldiers. but it is the thousand or so in this nondescript building in shanghai that may pose the biggest threat to the u.s. this is the headquarters of the army's secretive unit number 61398, where, according to the new report today by the mandiant security firm, english-speaking
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computer experts spend their days stealing secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation run by the chinese people's liberation army targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, american inf infrastructure sites, including water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> it's costing, according to u.s. intelligence, hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: among the many corporate espionage targets of the chinese army hackers, according to u.s. officials, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor, and the maker of the f-35 jet fighter. u.s. officials say, not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities. >> the only reason anybody would want to get into that control system would be so that if they wanted to, some day, they could cause planes to crash. >> reporter: the white house today confirmed this severity, though not the details, of the chinese cyber espionage. >> we have repeatedly raised our concerns about cyber theft with
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chinese officials. >> reporter: but why that remains in denial, according to abc's gloria riviera in japan. >> reporter: chinese military say they do not support hacking activity. but when a bbc news team tried to film the building, military personnel confiscated the footage. >> reporter: of course, the u.s. is believed to be doing its own cyber attacks on iran and its nuclear program, but officials say it is different than the economic espionage china is conducting and president obama has ordered government agencies to help american companies spot and deter hackers from that secret army building in shanghai, diane. >> all right, brian ross, thank you. and now, we turn to the deepening mystery in the murder case against olympic hero oscar pistorius. today, we saw dueling images. the once beloved athlete in court, hearing the charges against him. while his girlfriend was being
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buried, 700 miles away. tonight, there are two versions of what happened, and abc's bazi kanani takes us through both. >> reporter: in reeva steenkamp's hometown, her family gathered to say good >> there's only one thing missing, it's reeva. >> reporter: today, pistorius explained for the first time his version of events on that valentine's day. they were both sleeping, pistorius said, when he woke up and went onto the balcony when he heard a noise in the bathroom. in the pitch dark, he grabbed his gun and rushed into the bathroom, noticed an open window and thought an intruder was hiding in the toilet room. "i knew i had to protect reeva and myself," he wrote. he says he yelled for her to call police. and while still without prosthetics, he fired shots through the locked door, making what he says was a fatal mistake. >> forensic experts are looking for a number of things in this
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particular case. they will look for the height of the shooter. >> reporter: ballistics will show if he was firing from a low angle, or if he was at that time much taller, wearing his prosthetics. the prosecution believes if they can show he was wearing prosthetics, they can disprove his statement and argue premeditati premeditation. prosecutors believe the couple fought that night. she locked the door for a purpose, said the lead prosecutor. suggesting steenkamp fled into the bathroom to protect herself. pistorius disputes this, saying they were deeply in love. and when he realized she was not in bed, he screamed for help, put on his prosthetic legs to kick open the door, only to have her die in his arms. the court will decide within the next couple of days whether to grant bail. there was a dramatic moment in court today when pistorius started sobbing uncontrollably while recalling that reeva gave him a valentine's day present that night, but asked him not to open until the next day. diane? >> all right, from south africa,
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bazi kanani reporting in. thank you, bazi. and back here at home, the president came out swinging today about the effect on american families when the budget axe falls in less than two weeks. $85 billion across the board cuts, that sequester. and the president likened it to a meat cleaver. here's abc's jonathan karl. >> reporter: today, the president brought firefighters and cops to the white house to warn that emergency workers will be among the first to go, if those across the board spending cuts are allowed to happen. >> we've got these automatic spending cuts that are poised to happen next friday. they will hurt our company, they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roms. this is not an about instruction. people will lose their jobs. >> reporter: and we now face cuts of $85 billion in one fell swoop. that's less than 3% of the budget, but the white house says virtually everybody will be hurt and will see long lines as tsa agents are furloughed, 1,000 fbi
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and other law enforcement agents forced off the job and 70,000 preschoolers dropped from the head start program. you'd think that would prompt emergency meetings between congress and the white house, but you'd be wrong. has the president had a single face-to-face meeting with the republican leaders since january 1st about averting these spending cuts? >> i don't have any meetings to read out to you. again, we don't report every meeting, every conversation. >> reporter: in fact, the answer to according to sources on both sides is that there have been no meetings, not one. and now virtually everybody agrees that these cuts are almost certain to go into effect in just ten days. diane? >> counting down. thank you so much, jon karl. and also in washington today, general john allen announced he's retiring. he will not be the next head of nato. allen had been ensnared in the general me trail yus scandal, you'll remember writing e-mails with a socialite in florida. though, he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
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allen says he is retiring because of family health issues. and overseas now to syria, with abc's terry moran, who made his way into the heart of the capital, damascus, as rebels are trying to close in. and tonight, terry shows us the new normal there. mortars exploding near the presidential palace. terry? >> reporter: diane, life in this city under siege is surreal. it's traffic jams and business deals still being done while artillery fire and bombing raids punctuate the air, everything covered in a blanket of dread. people here in downtown damascus, they're still trying to carry on. but the war stalks them, edging ever closer. this evening, smoke billowed from a strike on the outskirts of the downtown. the suburbs are the battleground -- for now. so, this is the first one? earlier, at a hospital in the christian quarter of town, we were shown some light damage from a couple of primitive mortars fired by rebels. it's another stop on this trip
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where we have been granted visas by the government of president bashar assad to tell their side of the story in this brutal civil war. as we talked to witnesses -- and you hear this boom, boom, boom, all the time? they hardly notice anymore. but it takes its toll. they all know it could be so much worse. in the damascus suburb or daraya, government air strikes have reduced much of the place to rubble. as they have in the northern city of aleppo, where they were pulling more bodies from the wreckage. but all sides suffer in this war. this afternoon, we went to a wake for a beloved local politician in damascus. he was kidnapped and burned to death in his car by jihadist rebels who claimed credit on the internet, we were told. "there was almost nothing left of him," his brother told us, "but his bones." and late today, rebel mortars
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landed near one of bashar assad's palaces. that's a first. no deaths or much damage. but you look in the eyes of so many people here, you see a different kind of wound. the fear is real. fear of what tomorrow may bring to damascus. >> terry moran reporting in from syria. and tonight, the international guessing game about the new pope is taking an unexpected turn. just ten days now until pope benedict steps down. and the common assumption has always been there will never be an american pope. but it's changing. do we have the candidate now who may just do it? abc's david wright tells us. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart from the other men in red. "cardinal sean," as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, tied with a rope. plus sandals, even during winter in boston. >> he's a holy man. a man of simplicity.
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and wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope? >> reporter: the boston archdiocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay the victims and moved into a single room near the cathedral. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at the issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's long been an unwritten rule -- no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> i think people realize that, you know, a cardinal have the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interest. so, i think there's more openness to it. >> reporter: o'malley is one of two american names being floated. the other, new york's cardinal timothy dolan, who scoffed at the idea when diane recently asked him. >> what about you? >> is this abc evening news or comedy central? what is -- you are -- >> reporter: and o'malley isn't holding his breath either. >> i haven't lost any sleep about it, and i have -- i have bought a round trip
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tishgt, so -- i'm counting on coming home. >> reporter: in boston, it would be the religious equivalent of the red sox beating the yankees. >> we always like boston over new york. >> i'm sure boston will represent the vatican very well. >> it will be interesting to see how it plays out. >> reporter: in fact, both americans are long shots. popes tend to be from europe. specifically italy. the last time the conclave chose a noneuropean was 1,000 years before columbus set sail for america. diane? >> okay, thank you so much, david wright reporting in from rome tonight. and we have new numbers, a reality check tonight on addiction in america. today, we learned that for the 11th straight year, the number of deaths due to drug overdoses went up. most of them are accidents, by people using addictive prescription painkillers. prescription drugs played a role in nearly 60% of the deaths. more than illegal narcotics. and drugs like oxycontin and vicodin were at the top of the
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airport and make off with $50 million of diamonds in five minutes. how did they do it? and who are they? abc's dan harris tonight on the big job. >> reporter: this diamond heist is being called spectacular, daring and clinical. something straight out of "ocean's 13." it was 7:47 p.m. at the airport in brussels. passengers had already boarded this swiss jet. the precious cargo being loaded down below. what they couldn't seat? two black vans had broken through a security fence. they raced across the tarmac, flashing blue lights, like cops. the eight robbers, wearing camouflage masks, dark police clothing and even, reportedly, the arm bands used by airport security, whipped out machine guns. in just three minutes, they grabbed the diamonds from the cargo hold. it took them only two more minutes to speed off through the exact same hole in that fence. it was all over in barely five minutes. >> so, this was a very quick hite hit and run.
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difference. abc's juju chang decided to put it to the test. >> one, two, three -- >> reporter: think of it this way. you're not a family. you're a team. trying to power up every single member. i'll tell you the lesson i learned with my three boys and a special ops commando. >> get your legs straight! >> reporter: thanks to bestselling author bruce feiler, who asked high-powered sources to help fix the problems we face in our modern families. >> excellent. take a bow, take a bow. i felt like, as a parent, we were just struck. we were lost. the shrinks, the self-help gurus, the family experts -- those ideas were really stale. >> reporter: harvard conflict negotiators say you have to fight fair, and you can't have a team without a sense of mission, so hold family meetings, and really listen. what didn't work so well with our family this week? >> overreacting. >> reporter: and prepare to be surprised. what bothers kids the most? just how stressed out and tired their parents are.
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>> daddy yelling! >> reporter: in listening to my own children, i learned their favorite times are not action-packed ski weekend but those quiet moments when we're all just goofing around. and what about money? again, why not go to the top? feiler asked warren buffet's bankers about giving an allowance. the number one thing, they say? don't tie money to doing chores. chores are what we do to take care of each other. not to get paid. in fact, study after study shows all of us are more motivated by pulling for the team than by money. just ask the green berets. >> the team is only as fast as the slowest person. >> reporter: they say top down management doesn't produce as big of a win as making everyone part of the plan. our plan? a mock drill. >> ready for this? >> reporter: ready for this mission? that means team leader, me, should listen to the rank and file. >> i think we should have the slowest person up front and
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then -- >> reporter: oh, good idea. >> your son felt confident enough to say, "no, i want to do it a different way." and, by the way, he had a really good plan. >> reporter: now, that is mission accomplished. juju chang, abc news, new york. >> nicely said, travis. and you can see more of juju's reporting tonight on "nightline." and, don't forget, robin roberts, back at the anchor desk tomorrow morning on "gma." celebrate with all of us tomorrow morning and i'll seal you back here again tomorrow night. good night.
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